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CRUNCH TIME... PENTAX K100 SUPER vs. CANON G9
Pentax costs are down where the K100 Super w/18-55 kit lens is about the same price as the Canon G9. Looking at the dp test images, downloaded and cleaned up in Photoshop, at 11x17" the 6mp Pentax seems a bit softer than the 12mp Canon...but that's probably better optics on the Canon than the Pentax kit lens? So, it's down to basic DSLR with expandability but at likely additional cost for a lens in comparable quality to the Canon vs. one the best compact on the market that's ready to go but can't go beyond. Opinions?AzArtGuy..

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The tests were done with a 50mm f1.4..

Also try comparing at ISO 400, G9 is already breaking up, all those extra megapixels are just noise...

Comment #1

It's like comparing apples and pears. What are your requirements? Are you happy with the cost / weight of a DSLR system, or are compactness and light weight more important? Will you be taking a lot of pictures that require high ISO settings? These should determine which is the best choice for you.Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

DSLR's produce default output that is softer than than from consumer cameras like the G9. This is simply a case of applying different levels of sharpening and can be changed trivially in the menu system ( or in post processing )..

The G9 lens is quite good for a compact. It's not better than the DSLR kit lens, which, part of the advantage, you can change anytime you want. Put a cheap second hand manual focus 50mm f1.7 on the K100D ( about 50 dollars ) and it will out-resolve the G9 without breaking sweat..

The DSLR will wipe the floor with the G9 under any and all circumstances, except one - weight..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #3

I guess I need to narrow down what I expect instead of what the camera has. In that case:large prints, up to 11x17".

Resolution or "sharpness" in my terms, matters more than weight, size, camera conrfiguration, megapixels, etc..

I'm thinking I'd rather have an excellent prime lens say 1.4 or 1.8 than a zoon... if I want to frame the image, that's what feet are forlots of B&W conversion in Photoshop 3.

Lots of color manipulation also in PS and PainterX... basically, the camera has to do double duty, provide a high resolution framework for underpainting for the more heavily manipulated "painted" color images, and high resolution for photos.

Very few, if any, "movement" images... I tend to like images of buildings, closeups of stuff, not even people very much.

Brian..

Comment #4

Why don't you consider the 10Mp DSLRs? e.g. K10D, Olympus E510 (with twin lens kit, around $550 on amazon)..

For your print sizes that much resolution is minimum requirement. Olympus Kit lenses are better than others..

And for heavy editing, you better have a clean image to work with. So go for a DSLR..

BLawson wrote:.

I guess I need to narrow down what I expect instead of what thecamera has. In that case:large prints, up to 11x17"resolution or "sharpness" in my terms, matters more than weight,size, camera conrfiguration, megapixels, etc.I'm thinking I'd rather have an excellent prime lens say 1.4 or 1.8than a zoon... if I want to frame the image, that's what feet areforlots of B&W conversion in Photoshop 3lots of color manipulation also in PS and PainterX... basically, thecamera has to do double duty, provide a high resolution frameworkfor underpainting for the more heavily manipulated "painted" colorimages, and high resolution for photosvery few, if any, "movement" images... I tend to like images ofbuildings, closeups of stuff, not even people very much.

Brian.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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